It has now been well established, internationally, that Roman Catholic bishops, ignore, entertain and cover up wrong doing by priests and seminarians.
This behaviour has covered child sexual abuse, adult abuse, priests fathering children and on rarer occasions clerical violence and murder. It has also covered priests encouraging their mistresses to have abortions.
But this entertainment and cover up is apparent these days when it comes to homosexuality and homosexual wrongdoing.
If the RC priesthood is now an overwhelmingly gay profession – which it is – and bishops are chosen from priests – then very many bishops themselves are gay.
Some bishops, I don’t the numbers, are gay and not sexually active.
Others are gay and sexually active.
The priesthood and seminaries provide bishops with rich pickings when it comes to procuring younger men for sex – as we saw with Cardinal Ted Mc Carrick.
Bishops are very powerful men in the context of priests and seminarians.
It’s not easy for a young priest or seminarian to refuse the sexual advances of a bishop or archbishop.
Bishops can publish young priests for refusing their sexual advances in various ways:
1. You become a pariah in the bishop’s house and offices.
2. You get sent to the roughest and poorest parishes or get sent as a curate to dictatorial and barbaric parish priests who will make your life hell.
3. You get deprived of positions on diocesan committees and bodies and never get offered any of the hand outs available to the bishop – being sent on courses, being granted sabbaticals etc
4. The bishop and his cronies will quietly bad mouth you among the clergy giving you a bad name in the clerical club. Other clerics will avoid you to please His Lordship.
Seminarians who refuse a bishop’s sexual advances will be dismissed from the seminary, without a reason and with no right of appeal.
GAY BISHOPS WHO SEXUALLY MISBEHAVE “BY PROXY”.
Some bishops are so sexually and emotionally immature and unintergrated they get their rocks off “by proxy” – by entering into an unspoken arrangement with naughty gay priests and seminarians.
Just as a parent who never got to university gets to go there through their children, some bishops who never explored their gay sexuality get to go there by:
– Hearing about priests and seminarians sexual behaviour.
– Hearing the detail of all these younger men get up to.
– And joining with these younger men in an unspoken and undeclared collusion. This happens through the bishop showing no disapproval, listening to the young men stories, and by giving them the wink and nod to continue knowing that the bishop is protecting them. This creates a non spoken sexual frisson between the priest, seminarian and bishop.
Like an irresponsible and dysfunctional father taking a secret and terribly misplaced glee in his son’s criminal behaviour.
The Roman Catholic episcopate and priesthood is almost completely dysfunctional.
TO MISQUOTE PHILIP LARKIN
They fuck you up, your bishops do
And they mean to, so they do.
They fill you with the shit they had
And add some extra, just for you.
But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools with crosiers and with rings.
Who half the time were soppy pious.
And half at one another’s things.
Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And never get ordained yourself.
By the way – these bishops and priests do not believe in RCC teaching. They give it lip service.
It applies to the laity and not to them.